Date: Thu, 7 Dec 2023 13:35:21 -0800
Subject: [PV-Friends] PV newsletter December-2023

Perennial Vintners In this issue:
 ▪ Hours/events: Winter hrs
 ▪ Holiday sale - 20% off
 ▪ New releases and running low wines
Newsletter -- Dec-2023  ▪ Estate Zweigelt
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 ▪ Vineyard: Settled in for winter & xmas lights  ▪ Looking for tasting area help

 Hours/events: Winter hrs

PV is open for tastings, Winter hours:
  Sat-Sun, 11am-dusk (about 4:15pm)
  other times by reservation, reserve at the website, or call/txt 206-780-2146

Please note that we are open Christmas Eve weekend (Sat-Sun 23rd-24th), and New Year's Eve weekend (Sat-Sun 30th-31st).  Note also that we'll be closed the weekend of Jan 6th-7th.

We'll be mostly tasting outdoors, and we have some lap blankets, so be sure to bring a warm coat, and feel free to bring your own favorite blanket!  We are under a large tent, so we won't get rained on.  On really windy/rainy days, we'll be tasting in the winery, but it's almost as cold as outdoors, so you'll still need a coat.

Of course you can always shop online if making it here to the winery is not convenient.

▪ Holiday sale - 20% off

Our normal prices are in the $30 range, including a sparkling wine at $35.
We have several items on holiday sale at 20% off:
  •   Sparkling Rosé 2020 - normally $49/btl, now $39.20
  •   Sparkling Siegerrebe 2021 - normally $35/btl, now $28
  •   Lemberger 2019 - normally $28/btl, now $22.40
Please note these items do count towards case and half-case discounts.  Sale goes through 31-Dec-23.

We're happy to ship wine - mixed cases Ok.  Note that we'll also ship to most anywhere in the continental U.S. for $20-$25.  Our Wine Club members get an additional 20% off as well.  Of course you can send us an email, or shop online.

▪ New releases and running low wines

Since our previous newsletter (Jul-2023):

  Melon de Bourgogne 2018
    New vintage - now 2019

 Siegerrebe 2018
    New vintage - now 2019 (and soon to be 2020)

  Syrah 2018
    New vintage - now 2019

  Plant-A-Tree Red Blend 2020
    New wine
    This is a blend of Pinot Noir, Zweigelt, and Fhruburgunder (AKA Pinot Precoce) from our friends at Appletree Cove Farm in Kingston, along with Eastern WA Syrah.

Estate Zweigelt

In the main block of grapes in front of the winery, I have just a few Zw plants that went into the ground around 2010.  There's not enough plants there to make a commercial release of this wine, but we have made small test batches when possible.

A few weeks ago we opened a bottle of the 2017.  It was showing superbly, with wonderful black cherry flavors, and showed interesting black pepper in the middle, a very light touch of oak, and it had smoothed out nicely with it's age.  If you've tasted our Sparkling Rose', Roseus, or Plant-A-Tree Red Blend, you'll have a hint as these wines all include some Zw in the blend.

We're really excited about this, as the new planting at the back of the property is also Zw, planted 3 years ago.  It takes 4 years of growing before a full harvest, so next year we should have a sufficient harvest for our first commercial estate release.  It takes another year to make the wine, so look for this one in 2025.

▪ Vineyard: Settled in for winter & xmas lights

At this time of year, we're mostly done outdoors.  We'll be spreading compost in the vineyards.  This is all manual labor, in other words just me, a shovel, and a wheelbarrow.  I anticipate spending a day here and there whenever the weather is not too awful outdoors, for about 2 months.  After that, probably Feb, we'll transition into pruning and propagating new plants for future blocks of grapes.  We'll also be adding irrigation lines to our older blocks as we're seeing sufficient soil drying that we have to irrigate now.  If you're interested in learning about how to manage grapevines, consider joining our pv-helpers email list.

You may be aware of Mike's winter project of vineyard Christmas lights.  Starting in 2020, we have a string of white LED lights on the top wire of each vineyard row.  In 2021 I added a crude multi-color LED screen, that was not dense enough to read from the highway.  (Left photo 2021 - the bright spot in the middle is the screen. right photo 2023).  In 2022, I doubled it's height, but it still wasn't legible from the highway, and had only a few scrolling letters at a time.  This year, it's now 4 times as wide, and the lettering is twice as tall and twice as wide, so it's now very readable!  Be sure to look up the hill towards the vineyard as you pass Lovgreen (northbound) on SR-305 at night to see!  (Video from bottom of driveway here.)

▪  Looking for tasting area help

This year has been the busiest it's ever been in the tasting area.  For those of you who have visited, you may have had an experience of myself with no, or few, other customers.  During the summer months I've had weekends where all our tasting tables are full, and I've been hard-pressed to keep up with everyone's tastings.  So I've crossed the threshold - I need to have help with tastings!  If you'd be interested in working with me in the tasting area on weekends, please reply to this email.